The Obama administration is sending a group of fighter planes to Turkey equipped with air-to-air missiles, raising concerns that the jets are really intended to battle Russian planes.
The Pentagon plans to ship up to a dozen Boeing F-15C Eagle twin-engine planes to a base in Incirlik which the Turkish government has allowed the U.S. to use in its effort against the Islamic State.
The base is near the country’s border with Syria.
But since the F-15C has no air-to-ground capability, their real mission may be to protect other U.S. warplanes from those of Russia or Syria, according to The Daily Beast.
The Pentagon announced the shipment late last week, and a Defense Department spokeswoman told The Daily Beast the planes are intended to ‘ensure the safety’ of America’s NATO allies.
The spokeswoman, Laura Seal, added, ‘I didn’t say it wasn’t about Russia.’
The trouble with a weak, ineffectual foreign policy is that it invites trouble, and its practitioner ends up reacting to, rather than controlling events. It’s been the hallmark of this administration.